French: Grue antigone German: Saruskranich Spanish: Grulla sarus
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. antigone
(Linnaeus, 1758) – S Pakistan#R, N India, Nepal and (formerly?) Bangladesh.
A. a. sharpii
(Blanford, 1895) – Myanmar, Cambodia, S Laos and S Vietnam; winters in Vietnam.
A. a. gillae
(Schodde et al., 1989) – N Australia (mainly Queensland, only scattered populations elsewhere).
152–176 cm; 6800–12,240 g (nominate), 5400–8400 g (sharpii), 5200–8400 g (gilliae); wingspan 220–280 cm; male larger than... read more
High-pitched penetrating calls, loudest of any crane.
Adapted to human presence in India, using canals, irrigation ditches, village ponds, shallow... read more
Food and feeding
Generalist: diet widely varied, including sedge tubers, other wetland plants, upland grasses and groundnuts, waste rice and other grains;... read more
Nesting associated with wet season throughout range: in India, breeds throughout year (except May and Jun) with Jul–Sept peak; in SE... read more
Non-migratory in India, but there is some seasonal movement, especially during periods of drought.... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Thought to be 8000–10,000 individuals in India, and Nepal; 800–1000 in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam,... read more
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